* Posts by Dan Paul

1034 posts • joined 3 Jul 2007

Page:

Snowden 'ready to return to US', claims lawyer

Dan Paul
Silver badge

Re: "ready to return home to the US"@LucreLout

Just the opposite, a majority of both houses (the Senate and Congress) are Republican now. That would be red not blue.

0
0
Dan Paul
Silver badge

Re: Dim Paul Moving back to the US is impossible, Edward..@Matt Bryant

Exactly, Matt, but I already live there. And to think I have regularly upvoted you (in the past.)

Leavenworth is a military prison where the NSA and all the alphabet agencies will have free reign to do as they please to Snowden because the military and the politicians lost the most when he told the world what they were doing.

Chelsea/Bradley Manning only got a fair trial (and Hormones) because it advances Obama's pro-gay agenda.

0
0
Dan Paul
Silver badge

Moving back to the US is impossible, Edward..

if you want to remain even somewhat free. They are already holding a cell for you at Leavenworth.

There will be nothing even close to a "Fair Trial" from this or any other future administration.

You pissed in too many politicians Rice Krispies, (A common breakfast cereal here for you Euros)

and they were completely embarrassed Internationally by your revelations. The DOJ will keep adding charges until you can't afford to defend against them, just like Aaron Swartz.

You would be far better off to get a deal to go to some other warmer quasi democratic place without an extradition treaty with the US.

28
3

Intel touts tardy Broadwell Core CPUs for laptops, PCs

Dan Paul
Silver badge

Socket Type & Chipset??

It's wonderful to get reviews on new CPU's but I (and others) would certainly appreciate some indication of the socket type the new CPU requires and what new chipset provides all the features that the CPU provides.

A CPU without a motherboard is almost less than useless. An incompatible motherboard certainly is.

And I fully agree that typical Intel graphics are not up to snuff compared to a $300 Radeon or NVidia card, however for simple tasks like normal word processing, Browsers and Youtube videos, the Intel stuff is way better than it used to be and most motherboards have an onboard HDMI connector now. Probably quite good enough for a skinny laptop/tablet but not for 4K. Hell 8K is not that far away so they better get to work.

Much easier to diagnose a bad video card with the option of using the onboard GPU. I just wish there were more BIOS options for control of which components are on or off.

0
0

How many Androids does it take to change a light bulb?

Dan Paul
Silver badge

Re: the dreaded dingy CFL

Don't know if yoiu can get them overseas because of all the electrical anomalies you folks enjoy but Home Depot has "Cree" brand LED incandescent bulb replacements and they are anything but "dingy". Unfortunately, all I see are the 120 VAC screw type.

They have a both warm white (2700K) and cool white versions (5000K) and the warm white light is much like an old incandescent would have been. Doesn't look at all like the light from a CFL.

They have 60 Watt equivalent versions also.

BTW, there are many manufacturers that make Zigbee addon relays that could go in the electrical circuits rather than the bulbs. Just not sure if you can easily get an "App" for that.

0
0

Boffins find Earth's earliest Homo in Ethiopian hilltop

Dan Paul
Silver badge

Re: Let them chew on this @Rampant Spaniel

You haven't met any rabid AGW proponents here then, have you? Responses from some may as well have been as severe as figurative beheadings.

BTW, theories such as that of Eugenics were developed by so called "scientists". And there are many scientists that have religious views, strangely enough.

0
0

UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing?

Dan Paul
Silver badge

Concorde WAS a spaceplane of sorts

The US BX-70 test aircraft that the Concorde was designed on, was being tested to be a sub orbital bomber when it was canceled.

The engines were modified so they could go self contained and use proprietary oxidizers instead of air The fuel was still JP4 but they tried several types of oxidizer, including Uranium Pentoxide. Some of that testing was done by Bell Aerospace in a facility in Ransomville, NY USA. That may have given some creedence to the rumors about contrails being bad for your health.

If this design had all been finalized and built, the USAF could have had a plane that could have taken off from fairly conventional airports that could have operated just like the Concorde except be capable of space flight. I seem to remember there was a Pan AM version shown in 2001 A Space Odessey.

0
0

Snowden, NSA spying, hard drive malware ... what we need is a UN privacy watchdog!

Dan Paul
Silver badge

Re: USA: "What, me worry?"

And why should they Palpy?

As said before the UN has no effective power, is more corrupt than any agency on Earth, and any acceptance of these so called "Treaties, Covenants & Declarations" by the US gives those treaties weight and recognition they don't deserve.

EVERYTHING that the UN does has an ulterior motive, the main one is to try to make the US kiss it's collective ass.

Send the UN to Belgium and make it their problem. NYC spends way too much coddling the perverts and scofflaws of the UN.

0
1

Mummy, what's the point of Evgeny Morozov's tedious columns?

Dan Paul
Silver badge

Income Inequality is only the responsibility...

of the one whose income is too low.

Really, enough of the "feel good" politically correct BS and socialist baloney.

If you don't make enough money, get a job, get another job or get a better one.

IT REALLY IS THAT SIMPLE.

Being on the dole is not a lifestyle. That's only supposed to be temporary and was never to be for capable people.

Stop feeling sorry for yourself and making excuses and get to work. Get an education, one way or another. Find the counterpoint to any excuse you can come up with.

The world doesn't owe anyone a living, they need to make one for themselves.

Single mothers with 9 toddlers and Handicap persons aside, if you can't even try to do that and you are an able bodied person then you are a failure as a human being and don't deserve to continue being one.

2
2

Twitter fears big EU tech payout to pacify lawmakers over data-slurping concerns

Dan Paul
Silver badge

@ James 51

The EU turns their nose up at anything that a US based company does, just for spite. Logic and reason does not even enter the equation.

SOMEONE is going to get your personal data or the software is not going to be able to identify who you are. Get used to it.

2
2
Dan Paul
Silver badge

Re: I have an easy solution...

Trouble is that in the eyes of the law, "collecting personal info" can be the same thing as differentiating between you and another account user.

I assume most people would want their social networking providers to be able to do that.

0
0

East Timor was officially removed from the internet yesterday

Dan Paul
Silver badge

I want to register...

and trademark the address of fax.zip.pdf

Maybe then I can become rich suing that Phisher that keeps sending those damn emails

0
0

The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

Dan Paul
Silver badge

Don't be blackmailed...

PBS over here in the states is constantly begging for money (even though they are not even commercial free) then they say "if we don't raise enough money from the beggathon then you can kiss Downton Abbey goodby". And they charge the local cable company (Time Warner) to carry their programming as well.

The fact is that ALL the so called "public broadcasters" are a bunch of blackmailing thugs.

Their business model is obsolete and they still can't figure out that another production company will surely do Dr. Who or Downton Abbey if the Beeb, PBS or ITV won't. Or they will "knock off" a similar product and not even pay franchise fees.

If it's popular enough, even the major networks will copy or buy a successful series. Hollywood hasn't had an original idea in 40 years and they aren't hurting for cash.

The Beeb doesn't deserve a dime more than they get from reselling their "spent" series to others. If they can't figure it out then someone else will come along that can.

The sooner they learn to live within their means, the better. It might set a great example for governments everywhere.

1
2

Twitter probes terror threat: Medieval murder mob ISIS allegedly puts co-founder in crosshairs

Dan Paul
Silver badge

Re: Don't make a martyr

After all that, dip him in Pig blood, draw and quarter him and then burn the remains and scatter them in the ocean.

0
0

EU: Competition Commissioner met Google chief Schmidt

Dan Paul
Silver badge

Why bother Eric?

you are dealing with narcisistic fools. They just can't understand why you wouldn't want to give them all your money.

The fact is that the entire EU Government is a bunch of whiny crybabies that were raised with way too much self esteem. They take EVERYTHING as an affront to their existence or they threaten to take their ball and go home. They cannot ever compete on an equal playing field, they change the rules to satisfy their convoluted and arcane "legislation" so that anyone who builds a better mousetrap has to pay them for the mere "privilige" of existence. They are so full of themselves that they lost sight of the fact that they don't have any legal standing over companies that exist outside the EU.

0
9

Belgium will drag Facebook to court if it has to – privacy minister

Dan Paul
Silver badge

Commission all the reports you'd like...

you still don't have any legal jurisdiction against these companies unless they are actually headquartered in Belgium or another EU country.

Last I recollect, the USA and the State of California have jurisdiction over Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft.

If you want to ban them, feel free. They will just have to "Forget" you are there. That is probably going to tick off a lot of voters.

That's the ONLY solution you deserve to have, because all you overly litigous EU countries are doing is trying to tax these companies to death because you cannot create a competitive alternative. THAT is on YOU!

0
11

US military SATELLITE suddenly BLOWS UP: 'Temperature spike' blamed

Dan Paul
Silver badge

Simple....

It's just Reagan era Star Wars.... Welcome to this fully functional Death Star. Remarkable that they waited until now to test it out.

0
0

Windows XP's market share grows AGAIN!

Dan Paul
Silver badge

Re: All this shows me....

If thats good enough to prove "Climate Change"......NOT.

5
13

RIP Leonard Nimoy: He lived long and prospered

Dan Paul
Silver badge

I remember it too well...RIP Leonard Nimoy

It's too bad that my childhood TV heroes lives are slowly getting canceled. Thank god that most of them went easy and weren't doing some infomercial.

I used to walk half a mile over to my friends house as his Dad had built a Heathkit color TV and it was the only one nearby. No sense in watching Star Trek in black & white if you could have color.

We would lay on the floor and eat home made cookies, watch Star Trek and comment on it. It was a welcome respite from Walter Cronkite and all the Vietnam War news allowing ones imagination to soar past the boundries of this Earth and it's problems if only for a little while.

Star Trek was very influential at the time, providing great social examples and morals that TV has too few of today.

It's really too bad those days are gone but time waits for no one, not even Spock.

1
0

Laughing gas and rubber: A recipe for suborbital flight?

Dan Paul
Silver badge

Re: Mmmmmm Meat Rocket @Lord of cheese

Yes, the Mythbusters did a rocket using Nitrous and Salami as fuel. Didn't fly far but wasnt bad for knocking it up in such a short time.

0
0

'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

Dan Paul
Silver badge

Re: Sometimes fonts and layout DO matter @Ganymede to device

Upvote for mentioning Alfred Bester! One of the best SF writers of the past century.

0
0

Glad you're not on the Anthem hacker hit list? Not so fast – millions more affected

Dan Paul
Silver badge

@CJ_in_AZ

What does religious belief have to do with hacking Anthem health care? The article certainly does not make ANY mention of it. Why do you?

0
0

It's the EU and me against the world – Euro digi-chief

Dan Paul
Silver badge

If geo-blocking is bad...

then why does the EU keep trying to go up against companies that are out of it's legal jurisdiction leaving them no choice but to block access of the countries of the EU geographically?

The "Data" cat is already out of the bag and running down the street. There is no "privacy" with who and why you are on the web. Get used to it.

0
5

C’mon Lenovo. Superfish hooked, but Pokki Start Menu still roaming free

Dan Paul
Silver badge

Re: Blank box

Would you please try to understand this once and for all, that Microsoft DOES NOT provide this 3rd party crap like POKKI or Superfish and that it does not take money from 3rd party crapware companies nor does it install anything, only your laptop vendor does this.

MS has no power legally to prevent the Laptop/Destop vendor from doing what it wants with their computer.

THE CRAPWARE IS COMING FROM THE LAPTOP VENDOR! BLAME THEM!

7
8

UK.gov shuns IT support tower model. Now what the hell do we do?

Dan Paul
Silver badge

Re: Python

"Nobody escapes the inquisition"!!!!!!!!

1
0
Dan Paul
Silver badge

C.R.A.P.

Completely Ridiculous Asswipe Politicians.

This is why outsourcing IT is such a bad idea, none of them understand what the IT department does for the government besides "overhead". Trouble is, the government IT people were the only ones who knew what they wanted (until they were outsourced). Obviously makes it difficult to fullfill the contract requirements.

And that is what you get when you outsource anything. A handful of C.R.A.P.

1
0

Love rats show sex while drunk will sober you up, say boffins

Dan Paul
Silver badge

Re: Playing with oxytocin receptors?

Because Oxytocin sounds like Oxycontin? (Hillbilly Heroin), but they are unrelated.

0
0

Give in to data centre automation and change your life

Dan Paul
Silver badge

The greatest expense is energy, NOT IT.

but you can't know to control what you don't bother to measure. The vast majority of Data Centers are over cooled and the IT department won't change that because they really don't want to..

First the incoming power feed needs to be measured and the data brought in to a real Building Automation system that has BACnet & MODBUS communication protocol so it can talk to the cooling system, CRAC units and emergency generators.

Measure how many btu's are being delivered to the cooling system by measuring flow for the Chilled water & Supply & Return Temps. Communicate with the Chiller and CRAC units and control them accordingly. Now you now how much energy is being used. That's the first step to saving it.

Utilize an "Outside Air Economizer" strategy on the CRAC units when the OA is cold enough.

Use a warmer setpoint temperature, 55 F discharge temp is too cold for modern server racks.Those CPU's can handle temps that are 30 degrees higher.

Put temp sensors in the racks so the CRAC units actually control rack temp, not room temp.

Directly duct the A/C to the server racks and close up the back and sides so you cool the IT equipment and not the whole room. Open the bottom of that rack to the plenum floor and use that for cool air supply and the duct on top of the rack for the heated air return. This is way more efficient than curtains or "hot aisle, cool aisle" games

Use "Load shedding" by turning off any DX cooling or high load at peak times.

Use occupancy sensors for lighting.

I could go on but the upside is that by use of these ideas, you will definitely save 20 to 30 % of your existing energy costs.

Just "automating" the server operations will not compensate for the excess energy usage by the cooling system.

0
0

Dutch MEP slams 'cowboy practices' of GCHQ 'n' pals following Gemalto allegations

Dan Paul
Silver badge

Re: Sanctions

Sanctions? That's the "best" option you can come up with?

ALL secret service agencies spy on each other and the general populace and they ALWAYS will. As long as terrorists hide behind women and children and in the general populace, security agencies must look at ALL forms of communications to find the terrorists and prevent them from acting out. The fact is that each of these European countries HAVE THEIR OWN SPY AGENCIES and the ALL DID THE SAME THINGS AS WE DID.

Last time I remember we Americans decided Europe wasn't worth the trouble, all your countries leaders came looking for help after they got embroiled in another World War.

Maybe we should go full isolationist and let Putin and ISIS have their way with you.

It seems that you like being told what to do instead of having to think for your selves.

0
1
Dan Paul
Silver badge

Re: Fade to gray

Really, I don't know If I have ever read a more deluded comment here.

You could hardly accuse the Chinese, Russians and Germans of being peaceful, peaceable or lawful.

Invading your neighbors and killing millions on a regular basis is not considered peaceful, peaceable or lawful.

That rules out all three examples. Just remember, there is no one without blame in this game.

0
1
Dan Paul
Silver badge

Re: The "Law of the Jungle".....is still the only law

My post is a response to the last paragraph of the article. I'm pretty sure it's relevant.

"If the average IT whizzkid breaks into a company system, he'll end up behind bars," said In't Veld, adding that "hacking a SIM card manufacturer in another EU country" could hardly be within the law, unless it was the "law of the jungle".

0
0

I wish I'd leaked sooner says Edward Snowden in post-Oscar chinwag

Dan Paul
Silver badge

Re: Sir, ...But....

there's no such thing as an uncorrupted judicial system! (In the US or anywhere.)

Look at the current US administration (self proclaimed as honest, transparent and aboveboard), the IRS under Obama "deleted" all of it's email traffic to and from Lois Lerner. If that had happened during the Bush administration someone would be hanging from the Democrat yardarm. How did Clinton get his reprieve from the protein stained blue dress? There was no doubt it was his DNA.

WMD anyone?

The fact is that if no one pays the price, then no one ever learns their lesson. Let me know when the law applies to the hoi polloi.

0
0

FCC Republicans slam brakes on net neutrality, but this wagon ain't slowing

Dan Paul
Silver badge

Democrats & Telcos

One thing about the telcos is they will take lobbying money from anyone. Equal opportunity grifters, one and all. The Republicans haven't quite spent as much as the the Democrats have on the FCC though. They have been working to plan their new careers after the administration changes.

1
2

Wi-Fi beam-steering tech could KILL OFF fixed home networks

Dan Paul
Silver badge

They would make more money

if they developed this technology for cell phones instead of wifi.

0
1

Superfish: Lenovo ditches adware, but that doesn't fix SSL megavuln – researcher

Dan Paul
Silver badge

Re: @Halverflake @P.Lee

Lenovo produced the hard drive image, not Microsoft.

Lenovo is fully reponsible for including the bloatware, not Microsoft.

Microsoft makes operating systems and office software for many laptop/PC manufacturers, not just Lenovo.

Is "SuperPhish" present on those units too? Not that anyone has heard.

2
0

Google strongly opposes plans to let ANY US COURT authorise digi-snoops

Dan Paul
Silver badge

Rule 41 says......

(3) a magistrate judge—in an investigation of domestic terrorism or international terrorism—with authority in any district in which activities related to the terrorism may have occurred has authority to issue a warrant for a person or property within or outside that district;

(5) a magistrate judge having authority in any district where activities related to the crime may have occurred, or in the District of Columbia, may issue a warrant for property that is located outside the jurisdiction of any state or district, but within any of the following:

(A) a United States territory, possession, or commonwealth;

I suggest you read Rule 41. See the following link for the current rule. Most countries have this kind of law. It's not just the USA.

http://www.law.cornell.edu/rules/frcrmp/rule_41

1
0

Hello Barbie: Hang on, this Wi-Fi doll records your child's voice?

Dan Paul
Silver badge

Sad to say but there are ...

parents that do such a poor job of parenting that this "thing" would be an improvement over their interaction with their child.

However, I could see something like this being used in a child abuse investigation for the child to divulge his/her deepest fears to simply because any human interaction just shuts the poor kid down. Giving it internet access is wholly different can o worms.

0
0

Google MENACED by Russian probe over 'abuse of dominance' gripe

Dan Paul
Silver badge

The Consumer is always...

right. You have a choice to use Android or not. If you don't like Google, don't use THEIR operating system. If Putin does not like it then TFB. Google gets to make ANY terms it wants to.

1
0

Obama turns back on spooks: 'I'm on the side of strong encryption'

Dan Paul
Silver badge

Re: UK

Obama only knows what his minions or teleprompter tell him about technology. Watch how he pauses and stumbles when he has to give an unscrpted answer.

The only time he comes off as knowledgable, is when he has a script to read from.

Cameron or Milliband could buy similar consultants.

5
3

IT knowledge is as important as Maths, says UK.gov

Dan Paul
Silver badge

The problem with "Education" is the system.

The whole "Education" system is broken. Even the idea of a fixed "Curriculum" is out of touch with reality. The people who make decisions about what is taught, often don't have a clue about what skills are needed by industry. We can no longer afford this disconnect.

Even the idea of "graduation" is obsolete. Anything you learn in Information Technology (and many other technologies) is already out of date (or favor) by the time you graduate.

But the first and most important factor is "What interests & skills does the student exhibit?"

Not all students are cut out for IT, just as not all students want to be mechanics or educators or doctors.

Let's look at the student and determine what course of education will provide the best use of resources for the student. Industry needs to pony up it's share as specialized skill sets can often only be taught by the companies that use them. The "apprenticeship" method comes to mind.

Like it or not, those students that don't give a damn about learning anything, only serve to disrupt the ones that do. They don't deserve the same resources. We need to concentrate our limited efforts on those who actually care to learn.

1
1

Vodafone didn't have a £6bn tax bill. Sort yourselves out, Lefties

Dan Paul
Silver badge

Now you understand why...

I've been saying that none of these companies owe you one thin dime of taxes (regardless of the political posturing).

Europe does not control US corporations and the US does not control European Corporations.

Tax loopholes that apply to one, apply to all. If you don't like them, change them.

5
0

Samsung's spying smart TVs don't encrypt voice recordings sent over the internet – new claim

Dan Paul
Silver badge

Re: Only Samsung? NO, Magnus Pym

Microsoft Cortana, Apple Siri, Google Voice all come to mind as voice recognition over the internet.

They all have to use a remote server in order to work on your smartphone.

Are any of these companies any more trustworthy than Samsung?

1
0

Intel President Renée James says Chipzilla's diversity efforts are moving too slowly

Dan Paul
Silver badge

Too much emphasis on "diversity" instead of competency.

Forgive my "mysogenistic" viewpoint but there is too much emphasis being made on "diversity" in the workplace as if the employer could just solve that issue by waving a wand.

The problem is not the companies doing the hiring, but the schools and colleges doing the teaching and the students doing the learning.

Please show me a college that has a large body of competent female or minority IT graduates and I'll show you graduates with job offers. But you can't because they don't exist.

In the case of IT, the "Glass Ceiling" is strictly educational and directly influenced by a desire (or lack thereof) to learn IT, from minority students.

Having a liberal arts degree is not enough to be an IT guru. and certainly not enough education to be the CTO (unless you are the proverbial "Pointy Haired Boss" from Dilbert)

However if the minority student does not even choose to follow the path of technical education, (full well knowing there is a guaranteed job) how is that the fault of the prospective employer?

Let's settle this by removing all names and gender from resume's (cv's to you Europeans) when they come in to HR. Then provide a real world test example that proves competency.

Base ALL hiring decisions on that test and other company requirements.

Voila, no bias. But good luck finding candidates in the first place.

2
0

Apple LIGHTSABERS to feature in The Force Awakens

Dan Paul
Silver badge

Re: Retrogression of the "Force".

Look back to Asimov's Foundation Trilogy (that Lucas clearly ripped off for Star Wars) and the "Empire" clearly degenerates as time progresses. So would the light sabers.

1
0

Apple Watch 'didn't work on HAIRY FANBOIS, was stripped of sensor tech'

This post has been deleted by a moderator

Ex-NASA boffin dreams of PREDATOR-ish tech in humble microwaves

Dan Paul
Silver badge

Great Idea but.....

the cost of thermal cameras is prohibitive. Even the least expensive FLIR camera is more than a microwave oven is.

Remind me why you wouldn't want to use the probe type temp sensor? Thermistors or Thermocuples only cost pennies and easily wire to P.I.D. controllers the oven electronics.

0
0

Reg hacks (and rest of 'Frisco) in LinkedIn measles contagion scare

Dan Paul
Silver badge

Re: If I get sick...

No, Voland

Jenny McCarthy has a huge following of people and they are strictly California left leaning rich democrat whole foods types and their anti-vaccine group is the one that is behind the out break of measles. They are the ones erroneously linking the Measles,Mumps, Rubella vaccine to Autism.

You "may" be right about "some" religious conservatives regarding HPV but that has mostly gone by the wayside. You don't even hear of that publicly for quite a while. I should know, I'm conservative (and no I don't believe that crap)

Measles is the problem and your bias and disinformation is not helping the situation.

3
1

Gov.UK begs Google 'n' U.S. tech pals: Forget Ireland, come to Blighty

Dan Paul
Silver badge

Do you really think...

that those companies are that ignorant as to fall prey to your latest tax scheme?

Or any one of a number of ways your governments want to suck the life out of successful companies?

It's bad enough at home without exacerbating the situation.

7
2

French minister: Hit Netflix, Google, Apple et al with bandwidth tax

Dan Paul
Silver badge

Ignorant Politicians

I guess that France just wants to rob American companies to pay for Frances inability to provide a better product or compete. Too bad that soon the whole internet is going to become unavailable for the entire EU because of it. Why should they pay an unjust and capricious tax when they can just blackhole any European IP address and send them a 404 error? Oh and might as well "forget them".

There is a wider world out there beyond the borders of France and this amounts to the same kind of tactics that China is doing. Economic Blackmail. Witness cases against Qualcomm who has valid patents on chips and technology that Chinese companies don't wish to pay for.

Note to US Companies: Don't negotiate with terrorists or blackmailers.

3
4

Bitcoin, Litecoin, cash, watches seized from alleged software pirates

Dan Paul
Silver badge

No good reason to support criminals @ AC

These people aren't your romantic notion of pirates, they are thieving criminals, plain and simple.

Taking away all their ill gotten gains and sending them to jail will stop them eventually.

Their "customers" are another matter. They will get caught (all those shipping and credit card records) and will whine and complain they didn't do anything wrong when they clearly bought stolen property and facilitated a criminal enterprise across state lines. Technically that makes the whole thing eleigible for RICO statutes and that puts a whole new perpsective on them, a FEDERAL one.

Let's see $140 for real Win 7 Pro on NewEgg vs a couple of years in the pokey and confiscation of all your worldly goods and a felony criminal record that prevents you from ever having a real job or even voting.

I know what choice I would make.

0
0

Page:

Forums